Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


JVC are sending me the first GY-HM850 on Friday to review over this weekend. I knew this was happening but not so soon so a major bonus for all my readers to compare the HM850 and my very own HM650.

The major update to this camera is the full HD chipset giving 1080 50p and recording at 50Mbps (XHQ H.264).


This camcorder will be £6,240 incl vat (CVP) when it comes out at the end of March.

If you have any questions or want me to go over anything in particular send me an email before Friday to

“The GY-HM850 camcorder feature three, 1/3-inch 2.07 effective megapixel CMOS sensors, capturing full 1920×1080 images. The imagers provide 12-bit processing, F12 sensitivity (50Hz) and excellent signal-to-noise ratio to produce superior colour reproduction. The new Fujinon wide angle 20x zoom lens features auto focus, built-in optical image stabilisation and chromatic aberration correction. The interchangeable 1/3-inch bayonet lens also includes manual focus and iris rings.
Rush to the scene with the ProHD GY-HM850 compact shoulder camcorder and deliver the news
faster than ever. Wirelessly backhaul via FTP or stream LIVE over a Wi-Fi or 4G-LTE/3G network. Record on
cost-effective SDHC/SDXC cards, in HD or SD, including simultaneous recording in two different resolutions.
You can even stream and record at the same time. Save time and money getting breaking news on the air
with the GY-HM850 and stay on top of the action”



Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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